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John Beasley's Positootly!with Bennie Maupin
Sunday, October 2, 2011Esther Simplot Performing Arts AcademyBoise Community Jazz Symposium 4 pmConcert 7 pm - Doors Open 6:15 pmOpen Table and Concert SeatingSnacks Provided - Adult Beverages AvailableFree Parking @ Miller & Myrtle Parking LotSaturday, 18 May 2013
The Boise Jazz Society is pleased to open its fifth season on Sunday, October 2nd, with 2011 Grammy-finalist, pianist John Beasley and Positootly! Please spread this Boise jazz news to friends and neighbors and forward this email to all that might be interested.
John's group, all great artists in their own right, includes woodwind icon, Bennie Maupin, the "in demand" session drummer, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, along with the intrepid and multi-talented bassist, Kevin "Brandino" Brandon. Have you got your tickets yet? If not, better get crackin'!
The Boise Jazz Society concerts begin at 7 pm with open, table and concert seating in the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy--doors open at 6:15 pm. Complimentary snacks are provided and a no-host beverage bar is available, along with Free parking at the Miller and Myrtle Parking Lot.
Don't forget to join us for the free, Boise Community Jazz Symposium with the Positootly! band in the afternoon at 4 pm. The very popular symposia series is an "inform-ance," in which the audience meets, hears, and interacts with our talented artists.
The public is also invited to hear Positootly! in a series of jazz workshops and informal performances on Monday afternoon, October 3rd in the Morrison Center. The jazz residency events are supported by a Boise State Arts and Humanities Research Fellowship Grant—more details will be available at the Sunday concert. John will be selling his recent CDs at all events--$15 each, 2 for $25--cash preferred.
This year the BJS offers a variety of membership-ticket packages--just go to http://www.boisejazzsociety.org/ to buy your tickets online, or send a check made to the BJS to my BSU address below. Either way, get it done today to avoid those lines on opening night. Read on, then go to the BJS web site for more information about Positootly! Be sure to listen to the selected tracks of all our season artists on the home page.
"Beasley, the one-time keyboardist for Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, reflects a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal voice." Los Angeles Times
"Acoustic post-bop jazz of rich lyricism, both subtle and audaciously gorgeous." Village Voice
Marvin "Smitty" Smith
"A prolific, constantly in-demand drummer whose sensitive, yet authoritative playing may be described as a comment on invention, firm and adventurous time, and technical sufficiency." Drummer's World
Kevin "Brandino" Brandon"A very serious jazz musician that possesses all of the 'old school' musician's mannerism that spells'real musician'--Damn this cat can really play that big old bass!" Benjamin Wright
Board News:After making sure the Boise Jazz Society was well-established, Mary Clagett Smith has retired from the BJS board. On behalf of all of us, please join me in thanking her for all the talent and "nitty-gritty" work she's contributed to make sure our BJS concerts are properly presented.
The 2011-12 Boise Jazz Society is pleased to announce that Kelly and Sean Cross and Anni Wall have joined the Advisory Board. I know them to be hard-working folks who are long-standing devotees of the art of jazz—we welcome them all!
News Flash: Grace Kelly named in Glamour Magazine's October issue of Top Ten College Women. http://www.glamour.com/magazine/2011/09/top-10-college-women-the-musician
Incidentally, she's also a wonderful saxophonist and vocalist! You will want to hear her live, when the Boise Jazz Society presents the Grace Kelly Quintet on Monday night, November 7th.
The BJS is partnering with the BSU OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE and presenting Jazz in the Mornday, on Monday, October 3rd @ 10:30 am featuring John Beasley and his dad Rule, playing two-piano versions of the music of Duke Ellington. I will introduce them with a short talk built around jazz history, styles, and Duke's music.
I'll leave you will a couple of John Beasley's performances on YouTube: Bedtime Voyage Dindi
As always, please contact me for any clarifying information about the Boise Jazz Society.
BTW: Got a new or another email address that you want to put on the BJS newletter list? Just go to the BJS website and add it by clicking on EMAIL.
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